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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 2

The big weather surprise this week was the snowstorm that dumped over 8 inches at the mountain mid-week. Yet, somehow, we only lost one hour of observation. Otherwise, southeast and northeast winds meant for some slow days. A shift to the northwest and eventually southwest by week’s end resulted in our highest daily total so far on 3/28 of 114 hawks. Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks continued to move through in decent numbers, and our first 2 Merlins of the season were also observed. Other birds of note included 9 Sandhill Cranes on 3/27 and 5 on 3/28, Killdeer, and Eastern Phoebe.

Week 2 Totals (current week - total to date - 2019 total)

BLACK VULTURE 0-0-0

TURKEY VULTURE 170-253-573

OSPREY 0-0-433

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 15-74-78

NORTHERN HARRIER 3-4-152

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 14-18-621

COOPER’S HAWK 3-7-70

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 0-2-3

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 9-47-98

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 0-0-3041

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 38-74-192

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-2

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 0-2-494

MERLIN 2-2-88

PEREGRINE FALCON 0-0-3

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 4-10-42

TOTAL 258-493-5890

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